Aug 23, 2019

Haiti Goat Project Update August 2019

Some of the 2019 kids on pasture
Some of the 2019 kids on pasture

Dear Friend of the Haiti Goat Project,

Greetings!  First of all, I would like to thank you again for supporting the Haiti Goat Project as we work to improve child nutrition and promote local agricultural development in Haiti. 

Since our last report we have been working on activities associated with both our Farm-to-Fork and Genetic Improvement of Goats programs.

In our Farm-to-Fork program, we are in the process of obtaining an additional gas cooktop with 6 more burners so that we can increase our number of meals served per week from 675 to 850 in anticipation of the successful completion of our current fundraising campaign.  Our on-site team wanted to modify their plan and have chosen to continue to focus solely on the 3 rural schools with children in most need of help.  Once the school year begins, we plan to be serving a total of 850 meals per week to students in each of these 3 target schools (JeanJean, Ticousin, Tiboukan). Children need protein and other high-quality nutrients a minimum of 3 times per week to maintain their health. Because of the US travel ban that was in place from February to July of this year, many Haitian communities are hurting because the ban essentially eliminated a major revenue source: tourism. As a result, school lunch programs at these schools had to be discontinued, leaving the weekly Chili Kabrit meals as the only source of school lunches for these children. Families in JeanJean, Ticousin and Tiboukan were hit hard and our team felt that they were the most at-risk of all whom they work with.  Therefore, the team voted to provide Chili Kabrit meals during the upcoming year to these schools every Wednesday as they had been doing, and then, on a rotating basis, provide each school with a second meal on Friday, totaling 3,400 meals per month.  This will directly impact these children but will also impact many in the community because it means that every month of the 10-month school year, a total of 24 goats will be purchased from goat farmers in the area and tens of pounds of tomatoes, onions, eggplant, carrots, spinach and other vegetables will be purchased from vegetable farmers in order to prepare the Chili Kabrit for the school children.  What a broad impact your support will have!

In our Genetic Improvement of Goats program, the 2019 goat kids born in March continue to grow and we have some really fine replacement bucks and does for our herd.  All of the males from our 2018 kid crop have now been sold to surrounding communities to help improve their goat stock.  In addition, we’ve begun preparations for the 2019-2020 breeding-kidding season.  For this effort we had the opportunity to work with students from the Christianville Vocational and Technical School (CVET). We did a two-day training session with the students and gave them lots of hands-on experience as we processed the goat herd.  Students learned how to give injections, provide oral deworming treatments, estimate body weight and age, and trim feet.  Check out some pictures of our 2018 kid goats on pasture and also some of the CVET students working on animal preparation.

Once again, thank you so much for your continued interest and willingness to support this project.  It is absolutely making a real difference in the lives of many children and families in Haiti.

Estimating goat weight
Estimating goat weight
Administering dewormer treatment to a young doe
Administering dewormer treatment to a young doe
The CVET student crew with Dr. Farin
The CVET student crew with Dr. Farin

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Jun 1, 2019

Haiti Goat Project Update June 2019

Jeanjean Kindergarten girl enjoying Chili Kabrit
Jeanjean Kindergarten girl enjoying Chili Kabrit

Dear Friend of the Haiti Goat Project,

Greetings!  First of all, I would like to thank you again for supporting the Haiti Goat Project as we work to improve child nutrition and promote local agricultural development in Haiti. 

The Haiti Goat Project accomplishes this goal through our two major programmatic efforts, our Farm-to-Fork program and our Genetic Improvement of Goats program.

In our Farm-to-Fork program, we serve Chili Kabrit, a nutritious goat meat-vegetable chili, to 675 pre-K through 6th grade children weekly in three rural schools in the greater Gressier area.  Because of your support during the GlobalGiving campaign, we will be able to expand our Chili Kabrit service to include the preK and kindergarten children at a fourth school in the Gressier area during the 2019-2020 school year.  This means we will be able to serve Chili Kabrit to 850 children on a weekly basis. Thank you so very much!!!  Having high-quality, nutritious meals at school will help these children reach their full developmental potential and improve their chances of having a productive future.  Pictured above and below are two of the very children you are providing Chili Kabrit meals for.  Again, thank you for choosing to help these little ones.

By choosing to help these children, however, please understand that you are also directly helping livestock producers and vegetable farmers (and their families) in the Gressier community because all of the inputs for Chili Kabrit meals are purchased from local sources.  In fact, during the months of the current GlobalGiving campaign (March to May), the Haiti Goat Project has infused over $6,120 directly into the local agricultural community for the purchase of goats and vegetables needed to produce the Chili Kabrit meals served.

In addition to the Farm-to-Fork Program, we also support local agriculture through our Genetic Improvement of Goats program.  In this program we maintain a herd of about 80 goats that are used to produce high-quality breeding animals that are distributed to improve the quality and productivity of goats in communities throughout Haiti.  Pictured below is Florentine and his HGP buck named 'Billy' who was purchased for Florentine's community.  Florentine lives in eastern Haiti and the buck he manages is used to breed does (female goats) owned by families in his community.  This is exciting evidence that our genetics program is working to distribute high quality breeding goats across the country in order to maximize profits for farmers and their families.

Again, thank you very much for your willingness to support this project.  Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many Haitian children and Haitian farm families.

With warmest regards,

Char

Jeanjean Kindergarten boys finishing Chili Kabrit
Jeanjean Kindergarten boys finishing Chili Kabrit
Florentine and 'Billy'
Florentine and 'Billy'
'Billy' with one of his pregnant lady does
'Billy' with one of his pregnant lady does

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